Friday, July 18, 2008

Renaissance Faire

I went to the Ren Faire in Bristol last weekend.
This year I got picked to give the favor to the knight!

I've been going there for about 10 years now, and in costume every year since the first. Lots more here.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Cubs Bag

Here is my mom, looking grumpy:

We had the following conversation about it.
Me: You look so grumpy!
Mom: I hate pictures, I always look so bad in them.
Me: Of course you will, if you insist on looking grumpy!

While I am all for general and widespread grumpiness, I firmly believe that one's pictures of oneself should be as silly and outrageous as possible. No one can say anything bad about you if they're too busy laughing.

However, that is not the point of this post. The point of this post is to show off the Cubs bag I made for my mom's birthday in June.

It's the Everlasting Bagstopper from knitty, and I had to make one because everyone else was. I even used Jen's yarn like everyone else did - soft, stretchy and superwash. This is two skeins of the "Go Cubs Go!" colorway. People kept telling me it was very patriotic, but only if you believe that being a Cubs fan is essential to being a good citizen (which I do).

I let her pick out the handles and drawstring, which is good, because I would have totally guessed wrong on the length she wanted. She christened it with a trip to a Cubs game she got for her birthday, and I am told that it does in fact expand as much as promised.
It's a great, quick, and easy pattern, and I'm very tempted to make one for myself. Perhaps in Superbowl Shuffle?

In Summary:
Yarn: Go Cubs Go! by Knitting Like Crazy, two skeins sock yarn held together (100% superwash wool, I think)
Pattern: Everlasting Bagstopper from knitty
Needles: Size US 5 (3.75 mm) and 10.5 (6.0 mm) 24" circulars
Time: Less than a week. Once you get to the body, this moves really fast
Cost: Not telling, but you can probably figure it out

Monday, July 07, 2008

Who's the Boss?

It's Tony Danza, La Petite Tricoteuse's ferret! He came to visit while she was out of town for the weekend. Ferrets are a lot cuter and smarter than I thought. (They still smell, but it's not that bad, especially if you keep the cage clean.)

My cats weren't too sure what to think of him. Worfy thought it was like a new TV, brining the wildlife channel indoors. He was content to sit and watch, and I think he found him amusing.

Duncan, who is not quite as smart, was a little afraid of him. I let them all loose in the bathroom to play, and Worfy hopped up on the sink right away, since the ferret can't climb. Duncan didn't figure that out, and Tony chased him back and forth. I think it was good for Duncan, as he can be a bit of a terror sometimes.

Overall, we had fun this weekend, even if Tony did try to eat his cage a lot. I think he looks like a little ermine.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Knitter for Hire

A lady came to me earlier this year, wanting me to make a Christmas stocking. I thought it was a little early, but the story was actually sweet. Both her sons had these stockings made for them when they were young, and one had gotten married. She wanted one for her new daughter-in-law next year. There was no pattern, and no idea what the original yarn was, but I was able to chart it out with my mad sock+colorwork skills.
Son's on the bottom, new version on top:

The real trouble wound up being the yarn. These were odd vintage colors, and I could not find the right combination of color and weight. The hobby stores were useless, and the shops weren't exactly featuring Christmas colors this spring. I finally ordered the yarn in the right colors and the right weight from the LYS, but unfortunately they delivered the wrong weight, twice. The lady was a little cranky it was taking so long.

Once I had the yarn, it was quick work. I had already charted out the patterns, so it took less than a week to do the whole thing, which was not a stretch at all. She wound up being absolutely delighted with it, which always makes me happy. I passsed on the pattern and leftover yarn, just in case she might need another stocking at some point.

In Summary:

Yarn: Brown Sheep Co. Nature Spun Sport, in vintage Christmas colors, 1 skein each color

Pattern: My own, charted from a vintage stocking

Needles: Size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns

Time: About a week of actual knitting

Cost: I made money on this one! Yay me!